Peo­ple wait­ing more than 10 years for coun­cil house

Caernarfon Herald - - NEWS -

SEVEN peo­ple will ap­pear in court next month to face fraud charges after a three­year in­ves­ti­ga­tion into a bus com­pany.

Po­lice raided the premises of Ex­press Mo­tors, in Peny­groes, near Caernar­fon, and sev­eral ad­dresses in the area in Au­gust, 2014.

The seven were ar­rested and later re­leased on bail un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

North Wales Po­lice said at the time that de­tec­tives had launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion fol­low­ing a com­plaint from Gwynedd coun­cil, and a de­ci­sion to pro­ceed with the case was later taken by the Crown Pros­e­cu­tion Ser­vice’s Com­plex Case Unit.

The seven charged, who have not been named, will ap­pear at Caernar­fon Mag­is­trates’ Court on Novem­ber 23.

No one from the com­pany was avail­able for com­ment yes­ter­day, but Ex­press Mo­tors ser­vices are run­ning nor­mally.

A coun­cil spokesman said the sit­u­a­tion was be­ing mon­i­tored.

Ex­press Mo­tors was es­tab­lished in 1908 and re­mains a fam­ily busi­ness owned by Eric Jones.

It op­er­ates 55 ve­hi­cles, em­ploys 80 peo­ple and op­er­ates a net­work of ser­vices in Gwynedd and Conwy.

The firm also op­er­ates school and col­lege con­tracts on An­gle­sey. MORE than 120 peo­ple in North Wales have been wait­ing longer than 10 years for a coun­cil house as con­cerns over a hous­ing cri­sis con­tinue.

The fig­ures were re­vealed in Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­sponses from Wrex­ham, Flintshire, Den­bighshire, Gwynedd and An­gle­sey coun­cils.

They also showed more than 5,800 peo­ple were wait­ing more than a year for lo­cal au­thor­ity hous­ing across the five coun­ties. Gwynedd had the most peo­ple wait­ing longer than a year, with 2,090; Flintshire had 642, Wrex­ham 1,844, Den­bighshire 952 and An­gle­sey 355.

Wrex­ham had the largest num­ber wait­ing more than 10 years with 56, Gwynedd had 37, Den­bighshire 17, Flintshire nine and An­gle­sey five.

Coun­cil chiefs said the so­cial hous­ing sec­tor was fac­ing a rise in de­mand and work was un­der way to find more homes.

Changes in the ben­e­fit sys­tem, the in­tro­duc­tion of the “bed­room tax” spare room sub­sidy, mi­gra­tion and an in­creas­ing and age­ing pop­u­la­tion were fac­tors, they said.

Home­less char­ity Shel­ter Cymru has raised con­cerns that not enough af­ford­able homes to rent or buy has con­trib­uted to a rise in home­less­ness.

In Fe­bru­ary this year, Welsh Gov­ern­ment Com­mu­ni­ties and Chil­dren Sec­re­tary Carl Sargeant an­nounced a pro­gramme with ini­tial £20m fund­ing over two years to­wards build­ing 20,000 af­ford­able homes in Wales.

Conwy coun­cil’s hous­ing stock moved un­der regis­tered so­cial land­lord Cartrefi Conwy in 2008. Sis­ter paper the Daily Post has re­quested statis­tics on wait­ing lists.

Probe into Ex­press Mo­tors was launched after a com­plaint by Gwynedd coun­cil

Carl Sargeant AM

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